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1. Oral history interview with Ralph S Johnson, 2007 Feb. 20 Oral history interview with Ralph S Johnson, 2007 Feb. 20 Johnson, Ralph S.--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Air pilots Johnson was born in 1906 in Goodland, Indiana as the fourth in ten children. Johnson's uncle, Hartley Rowe, a graduate from Purdue who worked on the Panama Canal influenced Johnson's decision to attend...

2. Oral history interview with Samuel Postlethwait, 2007 Oct. 11 Oral history interview with Samuel Postlethwait, 2007 Oct. 11 Postlethwait, S. N. (Samuel N.), 1918- --Interviews;Purdue University--Faculty; Programmed instruction A retired Purdue faculty member, Department of Biology [Now Biological Sciences], he pioneered the audio tutorial system of instruction in 1961 which permitted students to "pace" themselves while learning...

3. Oral history interview with Samuel Postlethwait, 2007 Oct. 23 Oral history interview with Samuel Postlethwait, 2007 Oct. 23 Postlethwait, S. N. (Samuel N.), 1918- --Interviews;Purdue University--Faculty; Programmed instruction A retired Purdue faculty member, Department of Biology [Now Biological Sciences], he pioneered the audio tutorial system of instruction in 1961 which permitted students to "pace" themselves while learning...

4. Oral history interview with Thomas Wilmeth, 2008 Oct. 31 Oral history interview with Thomas Wilmeth, 2008 Oct. 31 Wilmeth, Thomas S.--Interviews; Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Purdue University. Libraries; Scot Industries; Thomas S. Wilmeth was born in Chicago and his parents moved to Indianapolis where he graduated from Broad Ripple High School. He then went to Purdue where he graduated in 1935 from the College of Engineering....

5. Oral history interview with Al G. Wright, 2007 Apr. 30 Oral history interview with Al G. Wright, 2007 Apr. 30 Wright, Al G.--Interviews;Band directors--United States;Purdue University. Band Long time Director of the Purdue Band, recounts early years as high school band director in Miami, Florida and appointment at Purdue in 1957. Relates growth of marching band including traditions such as...

6. Oral history interview with Margaret Ulrey Taylor, 2007 Feb. 20 Oral history interview with Margaret Ulrey Taylor, 2007 Feb. 20 Taylor, Margaret Ulrey--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), b. 1882 Oldest child, grew up in Piermont, Indiana. Sister to Teddy Andrews. Graduated from Rossville High School in 1936 near the end of the Great Depression. Family moved to West Lafayette in order for the children...

7. Oral history interview with Ken Curtis, 2007 Sept. 27 Oral history interview with Ken Curtis, 2007 Sept. 27 Curtis, Kenneth Stewart--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Surveying A local resident and recipient of BS degree from Purdue in 1946 and Masters in 1946, recounts work in the School of Civil Engineering, particularly surveying and mapping. Was involved with Ross Camp and...

8. Oral history interview with Susan Butler, 2008 Mar. 20 Oral history interview with Susan Butler, 2008 Mar. 20 Butler, Susan Bulkeley--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Purdue University. Board of Trustees; Women executives Susan Butler is a Purdue graduate BSIM (1965) and she received an honorary Doctorate of Management from Purdue in 1999. Butler recounts her career at Andersen Consulting [now named Non Accenture] where...

9. Oral history interview with Alexander King, 2007 Dec. 11 Oral history interview with Alexander King, 2007 Dec. 11 King, Alexander H. (Alexander Harvey), 1954- --Interviews;Purdue University--Administration; Purdue University--Faculty; Purdue University. School of Engineering Alexander King recounts his years in England where he was born and raised. He received his Bachelors and Doctorate in England before coming to the United States as post Doctoral Fellow at MIT. Then King...

10. Oral history interview with Edward Elliott, 2006 June 26 Oral history interview with Edward Elliott, 2006 June 26 Elliott, Edward--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Basketball players;Purdue University--Basketball Edward is the son of Edward C. Elliott, who was President of Purdue University from 1922-1944. He has lived in Lafayette since the age of 7 when his father became the university president. He was a basketball...

11. Oral history interview with Virginia Ferris, 2007 Jan. 16 Oral history interview with Virginia Ferris, 2007 Jan. 16 Ferris, Virginia--Interviews;Purdue University--Faculty;Entomologists The faculty member in the Department of Entomology recounts growing up in the Midwest. Attending undergraduate college in Wellesley, Massachusetts and doctoral work at Cornell University, where she received...

12. Oral history interview with Mary Louise Foster, 2006 Oct. 4 Oral history interview with Mary Louise Foster, 2006 Oct. 4 Foster, Mary Louise--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Purdue University--Faculty; Home economics A graduate of Purdue University 1942, masters Degree in Family Economics 1954. She served as a Purdue Faculty member in the College of Consumer Family Sciences from 1955 until her retirement in 1987. Since...

13. Oral history interview with Sherman Kessler, 2006 July 18 Oral history interview with Sherman Kessler, 2006 July 18 Kessler, Sherman--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Animal husbandry;Farming--Indiana Kessler graduated from Purdue in 1936, with a BS in Animal Husbandry. He earned a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics in 1938. He has been active in farming in Montgomery County for more than 52...

14. Oral history interview with Sherman Kessler, 2006 July 27 Oral history interview with Sherman Kessler, 2006 July 27 Kessler, Sherman--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Animal husbandry;Farming--Indiana Kessler graduated from Purdue in 1936, with a BS in Animal Husbandry. He earned a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics in 1938. He has been active in farming in Montgomery County for more than 52...

15. Oral history interview with Roger Yule, 2007 Apr. 20 Oral history interview with Roger Yule, 2007 Apr. 20 Yule, Roger--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Automobile racing Purdue graduate 1959 BS ME recounts coordinating the First Grand Prix in 1959 under the sponsorship of the Auto Club. He provides details from planning, getting entrants, building the cars with lawn mower...

16. Oral history interview with Patrick Belcastro, 2007 June 20 Oral history interview with Patrick Belcastro, 2007 June 20 Belcastro, Patrick F., 1920- --Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;World War, 1939-1945;Purdue University--Faculty; Pharmacists Recounts growing up in Pittsburg, PA, service in World War II as hospital pharmacist. Returned to Pittsburgh and worked as a pharmacist. Taught briefly at Duquesne and earned his masters degree, enrolled...

17. Oral history interview with Betty Nelson, 2007 Mar. 14 Oral history interview with Betty Nelson, 2007 Mar. 14 Nelson, Betty--Interviews;Purdue University--Administration The former Dean of Women, 1987-1995 recounts growing up in small mining town in Virginia, attending college in the same state and the masters in student personal works. Her time in the dean of women's...

18. Oral history interview with David F Moses, 2007 June 29 Oral history interview with David F Moses, 2007 June 29 Moses, David F.--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Purdue University--Faculty;Librarians Born in Kendallville, Indiana, David Moses grew up near extended family. Participated in theater, sports, boy scouts; also worked at local dime store. Graduated from high school and left immediately for...

19. Oral history interview with Sally Combs Elliott, 2006 Dec. 4 Oral history interview with Sally Combs Elliott, 2006 Dec. 4 Elliott, Sally Combs--Interviews;Purdue University--Faculty; Physical education and training Indiana native, Elliott shares information on posts at Purdue University which included teaching in the Department of Physical Education for Women, Coordinator of Women Athletics at Co–Rec Gym [Now Recreational...

20. Oral history interview with Mary Holtman, 2007 Apr. 2 Oral history interview with Mary Holtman, 2007 Apr. 2 Holtman, Mary--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Home economics A native Hoosier, Holtman was born in Indianapolis but raised in Lafayette and attended K-12 there. She then attended Purdue and received her degree in 1940 in Home Economics. She talks about college life...
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